Work-related fatal injuries in the fishing industry in Australia, 1989 to 1992

R. Mitchell*, T. Driscoll, S. Healey, B. Hull, J. Mandryk, I. Hendrie

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This article describes the types of, and circumstances surrounding, work-related fatal injuries in the fishing industry in Australia. Information concerning 57 deaths was obtained from inspection of coronial files for the period 1989 to 1992. During 1989 to 1992, the fatality rate per 100,000 workers was high for fishing industry workers (89.2) compared with the all-industry rate during the same period (5.5). Drowning was the most common mechanism of fatal injury. Common circumstances surrounding the fatal incidents included vessels capsizing in rough weather, and lone fishermen not wearing personal flotation devices, falling overboard and drowning. Workers employed in the fishing industry in Australia are at a high risk of fatal injury, with the fatality rate for this group of workers being 16 times higher than the average rate for all industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Contributing factors
  • Drowning
  • Fishing industry
  • Work-related fatalities


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